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  • I hate all deciduous trees.We are having extreme problems trying to keep leaves out of our garden. After the heavy winds we seem to be filling bag after bag of leaves. Can anyone suggest a sensible solution. I tend to despise leave blowers but I may have no other option to get my garden looking the way it should. Great blog by the way. My wife and I very much enjoy reading it.
  • I HATE roses. In fact I hate ANY plant with thorns. I can guarantee to get a thorn under a nail anytime I am working near them AND why do thorns never decompose in my compost!!!!!
  • I think you are a bit old fashioned on the bedding - ever been to Great Dixter? - and some places do municipal bedding really well and imaginatively, in no way related to the kind of paintbox affair you are talking about.
    Hate -Hypericum. There must be good forms, but that ubiquitous rusty looking thing...
  • I don't really hate any plants, after all what is a weed, just a plant in the wrong place. I just dislike all the slimy creatures that get to eat what I should be eating. I would not mind if just a little was eaten. It's a pity we cannot mark those designated for the slimy horrors.
  • Some might think I´m crazy - but I love Dandelions! They are like little suns in my lawn...
    But one plant I would never put in my garden is Hibiscus! They look so artificial to me.
  • cannot be doing with lilies of any sort!
  • In answer to Paul's comment about leaf blowers. My favoutite way of removing leaves from the lawn is to set the blade/s on the mower as high as possible and just 'hoover' them up. Getting more use out of the mower and no need to buy and store another machine.
  • Pet hate is Kniphofia, a.k.a. Red Hot Poker, such a stodgy and unattractive plant, even at its best it looks as though it's made out of plastic.

    Not fond of 'spotty' plants either like Laurel and most of the Pulmonarias.
  • I really don't like agapanthus. sorry to all you agapanthus lovers out there
  • If you garden long enough you find your loves and hates change. I couldn't stand vegetables, orange flowers, annuals, heathers, dahlias and chrysanthumums. Now I grow them and look for new ones. Interesting to note how things go in and out of fashion! Glad we are all different or gardens wouldn't be so interesting to visit.
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